BDP’s Top 5 Pixar Films

Monday, April 20th

Written by: Elizabeth Offerosky

Pixar Studios is known for always pushing the limit when it comes to computer animation. They are innovators of the film genre with their first full length film, Toy Story, releasing in 1995. Each film is special in their own way (except for Cars 2, we don’t talk about that one). Today we will be discussing Blue Devil Productions’ Top 5 Pixar films that you need to watch during quarantine. Most, if not all of these films, are on Disney Plus.

5. The Incredibles (2004)

Fans were excitedly waiting for the sequel to this film; however, nothing beats the original. The plot is pretty simple: the Parr family has superpowers and they are up against villain, Syndrome, and the evil corporation surrounding him. While the movie discusses the importance of a family bond, as well as personal identity, The Incredibles is a fun action film. There is clear character development throughout the film that allows for the audience to connect to the story and the people within it. Any film with superheroes or super powers is already pretty cool, so The Incredibles becomes a fairly exciting movie to watch.

4. Monster’s Inc (2001)

Monster’s Inc is a Pixar classic. Monsters Mike and Sully work at Monster’s Inc, a powerplant that collects children’s screams for energy. Things are running smoothly, until a human girl ends up in the building. Mike and Sully try to ger her back home before any of the other monsters notice. It’s a pretty simple plot, and a pretty simple movie. Even so, it’s so good because it is so iconic. While there are some messages about fame and ethics, the movie really is just purely fun. It is a colorful and inviting film with well-rounded and hilarious characters.

3. Coco (2017)

A more recent Pixar film, Coco, sets itself apart by being an enriching story backed up by stunning visuals. If you need a good cry, this is one film to watch. Miguel, an aspiring musician, comes from a family that is highly opposed to music. Miguel sneaks off, planning to join a talent show, during Día de los Muertos festivities. He has no guitar but decides to steal the guitar from the highly praised, Ernesto de la Cruz. This action unlocks the gate to the Land of the Dead, where he meets his ancestors. In his attempts to get home, he meets Hector, who desperately tries to visit the Land of the Living. Miguel explores the world of music and attempts to convince his family that playing music is okay.

It was refreshing to watch a Pixar movie that was culturally involved. The overall interpretation of Día de los Muertos was beautiful and stunning. The detail of the Land of the Dead was just astounding. Visuals aside, the message of the film was just as beautiful. Coco was all about remembering family; especially ancestral family. It discussed the importance of respect versus betrayal as well as the cultural impact of music. Never has a movie made skeletons look so lively. Coco is a breathtakingly astonishing film, that is definitely a must see.

2. Up (2009)

Pixar’s Up follows the life of Carl. He and is lifelong friend and wife, Ellie, dream of adventure. They spend their life planning to move to a place called Paradise Falls. Their mode of transportation? Balloons attached to their house. Ellie dies before they are able to live that dream together; however, Carl, fed up with his life, decides to go to Paradise Falls in her memory. The balloon tethered house works, but Carl is stranded at home with a boy scout, Russell. They soon make it to the location, and end up discovering that the lost explorer, Charles Muntz, has been residing there. Up is a film, rich with plot and conflict. Not only does is cover coping over the death of a loved one, it also drives home the idea of adventure. The film’s theme “Adventure is out there,” is noted frequently throughout the film.

While Up is not a visually stunning film, it makes up through the use of color and music. It is a deeply emotional film that discusses the importance of comradery. It also discusses how idols are not as perfect as they seem. No matter what, Up wakes up the inner, adventurous child in us all.

1. Wall-E (2008)

Wall-E is probably one of the few Pixar movies most people forget about; however, it is arguably the best Pixar movie yet. Not only is the message powerful, the visuals are absolutely stunning as well. Pixar’s Wall-E focuses on trash compactor robot, Wall-E, on a deserted, trash-covered Earth. Wall-E is particularly interested in humanity and has a collection of human artifacts in his home. He soon finds a plant, a symbol of life, on an overall wasteland. This attracts the attention of Eve, a scout robot, who seeks to find life on Earth. They soon interact and Wall-E falls in love. He soon finds himself on the lavish spaceship that carries the humans who have left Earth. These humans are lethargic, overweight, and have no sense of decency.

The film is eerie in that it seems pretty plausible. It discusses the laziness and blindness of humanity in regard to the environment. It warns audiences about big corporations and how they interact with their consumers. This film is also ironic in the sense that space travel is not about adventure, it is about luxury. Wall-E is also a pretty successful romance movie too. While, it takes a little while to get comfortable with robot v robot romance, it is actually a pretty wholesome subplot. It’s the film way of trying to say how the robots have more personality than the actual humans. It is a visually stunning film that utilizes light in order to distinguish mood within the environment. Wall-E is highly powerful and is one movie you should watch.

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